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Camden County Library Graduates First NJ Students through Career Online High School

NEWS RELEASE February 26, 2015
Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, (856) 772-1636 ext. 7323
mamorosi@camdencountylibrary.org      http://www.camdencountylibrary.org

~~Others near completion to earn H.S. diploma and career certificates

Camden County Library Director Linda Devlin (left) listens to a Career Online High School student discuss her success with other students and staff in the program during a coffee get-together, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Voorhees branch library. Six free scholarship seats remain open in the library program until the end of  March, 2015. (Camden County Library Photo/ Mark Amorosi)

~~VOORHEES, NJ -  Feb. 26, 2015 – The Camden County Library System is proud to announce that two students enrolled in its Career Online High School have graduated early in the program that allows applicants a year and half to complete their coursework after they are accepted. They are the first students in all of New Jersey to graduate from the program.

Kirsten Hoy of Clementon completed her program in January while Angel Rodriguez of Camden learned he would be getting his diploma and career certification a few weeks ago.

Camden County was selected by the New Jersey State Library as the only South Jersey library to offer COHS in partnership with Cengage Learning. Launched in October 2014 the program gives adults who never completed high school the chance earn their diploma and get a career certification at the same time. COHS is made possible by a grant awarded to the New Jersey State Library from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Camden library was allotted 35 scholarship seats to offer free admission to residents in member communities who applied and qualified.  As the library’s project manager for COHS, Shyamoli De reports only six scholarship seats remain open to date. The library must fill them by March 31, 2015 or lose them under guidelines of the State Library and Cengage Learning that runs the program.

In addition to the first graduates, De said two more students are nearing completion. With COHS, the students are be able to work toward their high school diploma completely online, giving them the convenience of an anytime-anywhere online learning platform, and the ability to select a career pathway and gain career skills in high-growth, high-demand job disciplines.

“We’re very proud of our students and our team of librarians who are expanding how libraries serve their communities in new ways each day. We are going beyond merely just working with the individual students to create a support network of staff and fellow students that help them work through the process as they complete the coursework,” said Linda Devlin as the library system’s director.

“We’ve held two events for COHS students already. One was in January, and I had a casual coffee and chat with some of the students just the other week.”

The library plans to hold more events and programs for the students enrolled in COHS with a mixer scheduled for Monday, March 16, 7 p.m. at the Cruz-Perez Downtown branch and a college prep training class on Saturday, May 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon at Voorhees.
Those interested in applying to for one of the remaining six COHS seats available in Camden County should go to http://www.camdencountylibrary.org/career-online-high-school or call (856) 772-7356.

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Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

 

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